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The Dark Side of Undereating: The Harmful Effects on Your Body and Mind

Updated: May 25, 2023

When you don't consume enough calories or essential nutrients, your body starts to conserve energy and enters a state of starvation. Yes, when you eat in a calorie deficit it will help you with your weight loss journey but when you push yourself to starvation you are doing more harm than good.


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There a multiple side effects to Undereating it does have a significant impact on your body, both physically and mentally. This can lead to a range of negative consequences, throughout this blog will talk about different effects of undereating.


If you are not consuming a healthy amount of carbohydrates your body goes into hypoglycemia also known as low blood sugar this can lead to starvation, dizziness & shakiness. Undereating can lead to so many nutrient deficiencies, as it essential for your body to function properly, this can lead to a lot of health problems.


Limiting how much fat you eat can result in positive outcomes but when you have close to no fat can affect a variety of things. Fats allow your body to absorb nutrients, it is also key in fueling your muscles during exercise and promote satiation, and consuming too little fat is risky. So consuming healthy fats promote cardiovascular health, Omega-3 fatty acids like certain fish, seeds & nuts for example, provide protection from hypertension, cholesterol problems and heart disease.


When you undereat your body goes into defensive mode because you are so low on energy and the nutrients left in your body begins to consume important muscle tissue to provide fuel for your body. Instead of burning off your fat that you may be trying to get rid of, instead of that happening your body stores your fat because undereating also slows down and damages your metabolism.


So, after everything you have read when you are looking at either losing weight or wanting to get leaner, keep in mind that starving yourself is not going to help you it will end up doing more damage then good. Still yes eat in a deficit but if you are undereating you are going to drop your blood sugar, you are going to affect your metabolism & you are going to damage how your body absorbs nutrients.


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